In-home health care nurse facing battery charges

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GRANT COUNTY (WISH) —  A Grant County in-home health care nurse is facing battery charges, after prosecutors say she hit one of her clients.

That client is a 16-year-old with cerebral palsy, who is non-verbal, and depends on others for most everything in her daily life.

Her mother, Andrea says she hires licensed in-home health care providers to take care of her daughter during the day.

She said after she saw what she thought were injuries on her daughter, she put a ‘nanny cam’ in her daughter’s bedroom.

The camera caught nurse Veronica Summers as she was getting the 16-year-old ready for the day.

Court documents say the camera shows the nurse hitting the girl in the face multiple times and pulling her by the hair multiple times to a sitting position.

“I feel like I failed my daughter,” said the 16-year-old’s mother.

She says she simply wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“It makes me sick. I want to ensure she never does it to anyone else,” said the mother.

Police say Summers worked at Faithful Friends Home Healthcare Inc. in Marion. They say they believe she is no longer working there. The person who answered the phone when 24-Hour News 8 called before charges were filed, said they were doing a private investigation, and they had no comment on the case, or Summers’ employment status.

Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull has charged the nurse with three counts of battery, one count of neglect, and one count of strangulation.

A warrant is currently out for her arrest.

“The thing that’s most concerning and disturbing is that we have, not only a licensed health care provider, someone that we trust and has been hired to care for someone, but to care for someone who’s so vulnerable, and has so many needs, for that to be abused is very upsetting, and it’s criminal,” said Luttrull.

On the Gas City Police Department’s Facebook page, they’ve put up a flier, showing they’re currently looking for Veronica Summers.

Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the Gas City Police at 765-674-2278, or the Grant County Sheriff’s Office.

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